Urbasolar, a specialist in industrial roof-integrated solar photovoltaic power plants, has completed a fresh round of equity financing and welcomed Crédit Agricole Private Equity as a shareholder through the Capenergie FCPR (French regulated mutual fund dedicated to private equity) for a €4 million investment.
Headquartered in Montpellier, Urbasolar designs and builds turn-key solar photovoltaic facilities. The company develops, builds and operates these green energy production systems on behalf of their owners. The power generated is fed into the public electricity distribution grid at a rate guaranteed for 20 years.
As part of its range of business activities, Urbasolar has notably helped to develop, in conjunction with leading players in the construction and photovoltaic sectors, a solar technology based on the use of thin-film amorphous silicon, which facilitates the design of roof-integrated photovoltaic plants for industrial companies and municipal authorities.
Urbasolar is also developing other photovoltaic solutions for the residential and commercial sectors, with a portfolio of fast-expanding projects in mainland France, French overseas departments and territories and Corsica.
Since it was founded in 2006 by a group of renewable energy and construction experts, Urbasolar has enjoyed a strong pace of expansion. In 2007, the company posted sales of €3 million. In 2008, its sales are likely to reach close to €20 million.
Stéphanie Giraud, Urbasolar’s founder and Chairman, said: “Crédit Agricole Private Equity’s investment in our share capital will help to speed up our development projects, with the strengthening of our teams, the development of new products and the roll-out of a special offering for our common industrial customers, the farming sector and local authorities.”
Serge Savasta, Crédit Agricole Private Equity’s Head of Renewable Energy, added: “We firmly believe in the potential of the technologies employed by Urbasolar and in the effectiveness of its business model. Our role is to help this partner to extend its range of services and its geographical coverage to become one of the leading multispecialist players in the French solar industry.”
This transaction represents the Capenergie fund’s 9th investment, significantly strengthening its presence in the photovoltaic segment.
Stéphanie Giraud, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Crédit Agricole Private Equity
Serge Savasta, Head of Renewable Energy
Sylvia Raussin, Investment Manager
Legal: Philippe Torre and Mathieu Laval, RMT
Financial: Frédéric Mazel, Financière Leydet
Technical: Hafedh Ben Jeema, ICE
Legal: Philippe Raybaud, Cabinet CGR Legal
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